Will Christine Dacera ever be able to Rest In Peace?

February 22nd, 2021

It’s time we leave the Christine Dacera case alone.

The news of a deceased flight attendant shook the country at the beginning of the year. Between allegations and sensationalized media coverage, Christine’s name continues to be dragged in public even following her 40th day after death.

While it was concluded that the cause of her death was due to an aortic aneurysm, it seems like people are refusing to leave it at that. Apparently there’s an existing group of Facebook called ‘Christine Dacera Case Brainstorming’. According to a post circulating on Twitter, it has amassed almost 30,000 members. Though we don’t exactly know the contents of the page, the screenshots reveal that someone suggested for Christine to be canonized as the “Saint of Flight Attendance,” and no, that’s not a typo.

Could be a troll move, yes. But some things surrounding her name still remain stranger than fiction. Case in point: There have also been talks that film producer Dennis Evangelista has plans to turn the case into a movie. It was reported that he has met with Christine’s mother Sharon to discuss the proposal, but no deals have been made so far. However, Sharon has said that she would like Bianca Umali to portray her daughter in the film.

The news was not well received by internet users. Many were disgusted that people were still capitalizing off of her death. The scenario is very much reminiscent of the Chiong sisters rape-slay case from the late 90’s. It’s been around 24 years since then, but three film and TV adaptations have come out of it, with the most recent one released in 2018. The infamous biopic ‘Jacqueline Comes Home’ was also criticized for its problematic nature.

It’s alarming to think how producers could further twist the story with the development of a Christine Dacera docu-drama. Given the pattern in Philippine media, who knows if this will be the only one?

It sure doesn’t help that her own mother seems to be complicit in this “sensationalization”. Despite the medico-legal report, her family continues stand by their claim that Christine was drugged and and sexually abused. On top of that, some of the original suspects also seem to be capitalizing off of her name. Valentine Rosales, one of her friends who was present the night of her death has been using “#dacera” in the captions of some of his TikToks.

 

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